• Ranking of Nordic Universities, 2022

    Rank Institution Change from 2021 ARWU QS THE USNWR Average World Rank UR Karolinska Institute ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช NA 41 NR 49 51 47 ๐Ÿฅ‡ University of Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ – 39 82 114 42 69.25 ๐Ÿฅˆ University of Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด – 67 101 126 89 95.75 ๐Ÿฅ‰ University of Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ – 92 106 110 99 101.75 […]

  • Ranking of Finnish Universities, 2022

    Rank Institution Change from 2021 ARWU QS THE USNWR Average World Rank ๐Ÿฅ‡ University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto) – 92 106 110 99 101.75 ๐Ÿฅˆ Aalto University (Aalto-yliopisto) – 301 116 201 273 222.75 ๐Ÿฅ‰ University of Turku (Turun yliopisto) – 401 291 351 342 346.25 UR University of Vaasa (Vaasan yliopisto) NA NR NR […]

  • LaMDA is not sentient

    You might have read news stories about a Google engineer who recently claimed that an AI language model (LaMDA) is sentient. As many people have pointed out, LaMDA is definitely not sentient. They are correct. I also happen to think that the socio-cultural phenomenon of news articles about whether or not some certain AI is […]

  • Top 10 Baltic Universities, 2021

    Rank Institution ARWU QS THE USNWR Average World Rank ๐Ÿฅ‡ University of Tartu ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช 401 300 251 255 301.75 ๐Ÿฅˆ Riga Stradins University ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป NR 801 501 NR 651 ๐Ÿฅ‰ Vilnius University ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น 701 400 801 735 659.25 UR Estonian University of Life Sciences ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช NR NR 801 NR 801 4 University of Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป […]

  • Literature in Wittgensteinโ€™s Language ยง8

    I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to take the late Barry Stroud’s final Later Wittgenstein course for undergraduates at Berkeley, back in 2017. In addition to inspiring many more traditional philosophical writings, it also inspired this slightly more unusual piece (which I didn’t hand in…though perhaps I should have!). Enjoy!

  • Ranking of Universities in the European Union, 2021

    Rank Institution Change from 2020 ARWU QS THE USNWR Average World Rank UR Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) University ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท NA 38 44 40 NR ~ 40.67 UR Karolinska Institute ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช NA 42 NR 39 48 43 ๐Ÿฅ‡ Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช – 48 64 32 46 47.5 ๐Ÿฅˆ Technical University of […]

  • Ranking of Finnish Universities, 2021

    * This ranking is for the year 2021. See the newest, 2022, ranking here: https://snmcgannon.com/2022/10/25/ranking-of-finnish-universities-2022/ Rank Institution Change from 2020 ARWU QS THE USNWR Average World Rank ๐Ÿฅ‡ University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto) – 82 104 101 94 95.25 ๐Ÿฅˆ Aalto University (Aalto-yliopisto) – 301 112 201 275 222.25 ๐Ÿฅ‰ University of Turku (Turun yliopisto) […]

  • Ranking of Nordic Universities, 2021

    * This ranking is for the year 2021. See the newest, 2022, ranking here: https://snmcgannon.com/2022/11/02/ranking-of-nordic-universities-2022/ Rank Institution Change from 2020 ARWU QS THE USNWR Average World Rank UR Karolinska Institute ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช NA 42 NR 39 48 43 ๐Ÿฅ‡ University of Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ – 30 79 96 37 60.5 ๐Ÿฅˆ University of Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด +1 61 […]

  • Do you ever wonder how English got the โ€œhan/hanenโ€ pronoun?

    There was once a time when children in English-speaking countries were assigned one of two pronoun pairs at birth. Nowadays, most people probably donโ€™t even remember what those were. While itโ€™s easy to imagine that we always used the โ€œhan/hanenโ€ pronoun pair, in fact, these words only came into use after centuries of a problematic […]

  • A Former Student Remembers Paul Rabinow

    There was this one time, during my senior year at UC Berkeley, I showed up to Anthropology of the Contemporary about a half-hour early. It was held in one of the Anthro department conference rooms โ€” the larger one, where the AUA meetings were held, at the intersection of the hall near the waiting room […]